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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Engine Problems


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,633 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Mercury Cougar engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Mercury Cougar Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 072006

Cougar 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,900 miles


No problems or indicators of any problems or issues. Was driving vehicle on highway and car loss power. Was able to pull off to side of road. Had vehicle examined and was told the engine seized. Had second opinion, and mechanic drained the oil and said there was metal shavings in oil, could not give reason as to what caused engine to lock up. Have to replace the engine. Warranty expired. Was told Ford would not cover. Had less than 45,000 miles on vehicle - this is a defective or misbuilt motor.

- Dover, OH, USA

problem #2

Jul 312003

(reported on)


  • miles
Consumer stated vehicle hesitated between gears at any speed. Service technician couldn't duplicate the problem.

- Johnstown, PA, USA

problem #1

Jan 072003

Cougar 4-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 5,000 miles
While traveling on highway at approximately 70 mph, vehicle stalls without warning. This has happened 12 times at high speeds and results in loss of power steering and twice has resulted in loss of all electrical power including headlights.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

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